6-Part Webinar Series

Personal Protective Grounding

About Personal Protective Grounding

In this course led by Jim Vaughn, CUSP, you’ll get the detail and vigor of in-person training through a multipart webinar series. Basic and advanced personal protective grounding (PPG) will be covered, followed by equipment grounding and PPG in transmission construction. Each session in the series will be two hours long.

PPG 101 (Two Webinars)
These two webinar provides the information necessary to competently understand the electrical phenomena present when currents are flowing in grounded circuits. It also covers the three fundamental principles of current in grounded circuits and OSHA’s absolute requirements for de-energized utility work based on those three principles.

Advanced PPG
Attendees of this webinar must have participated in PPG 101. Advanced PPG covers grounding for induction and unintended energizing using graphics to describe both transmission and distribution configurations. Discussion includes why the configurations work and why they comply with the OSHA and IEEE standards.

Equipment Grounding
This webinar covers OSHA’s expectations for grounding of equipment in an energized environment. It addresses the practical approaches necessary to meet the requirements of the standard and what it takes to ensure protection of employees.

PPG in Transmission Construction
This webinar covers the OSHA standards as well as the consensus standards recognized by OSHA that must be adhered to when pulling conductors in an energized environment. Discussion includes both grounding for protection from faults and grounding to protect workers from induction hazards. The session also addresses practical concerns for induction and practical worksite bonding of equipment at pulling, splicing and tensioning locations.

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$750 / 25% discount for USOLN Members

Can’t make a live session? Recordings will be available for 30 days following the series.

USOLN Members receive 25% off Premium Courses

USOLN Member discount cannot be combined with any other promotions

Earn 12 CUSP points!
2 points per 2-hour session


All Sessions are 2-hours 

11am ET  |  10am CT  |  9am MT  |  8am PT

Session 1 – November 19

Personal Protective Grounding 101

Session 2 – November 22

Personal Protective Grounding 101

Session 3 – November 29

Advanced Personal Protective Grounding

Session 4 – December 3

Equipment Grounding

Session 5 – December 9

Personal Protective Grounding in Transmission Construction

Session 6 – December 10

Summary / Questions and Answers

$750 / 25% discount for USOLN Members

Can’t make a live session? Recordings will be available for 30 days following the series.


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Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Jim Vaughn, CUSP began his utility career in the early seventies as a lineman for Florida Power and Light company. His utility credentials include journeyman lineman and foreman in transmission and distribution maintenance and construction, including hotstick, gloving and bare-hand qualification. Jim has worked in safety and training for the last 25 years with contractors and utilities across the southern and western United States.

Jim is currently serving both as in-house SME for UBM, the parent company for Incident Prevention Institute and as Senior Consultant for the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction. Jim is the author of two standing Incident Prevention magazine columns: Train the Trainer 101 and iP Q&A.

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